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April 15, 2014 - Industry News

F-650/F-750 Switches to Ford-Built Engine, Transmission

Ford will be equipping its F-650/F-750 models with a Ford-produced diesel transmission for MY-2016

As part of Ford’s refresh of the F-650/F-750, the medium-duty vocational trucks will now be equipped with a Ford-produced diesel engine and transmission beginning with MY-2016.

Tags: Medium-Duty Trucks, Ford, Ford F-650, Ford F-750, Diesel Engine, Diesel Transmission

April 15, 2014 - Industry News

Ford Recalls 43K Vehicles for Possible Loose Seats

2014 Ford Fusion photo courtesy of Ford Motor Co.

The recall, set to get under way around May 19, involves 2013-2014 model-year Ford Fusion, Escape, C-Max and Lincoln MKZ vehicles.

Tags: Ford Escape, Lincoln, Ford Fusion, Lincoln MKZ, Recalls, Ford, Ford C-Max, NHTSA

April 10, 2014 - Industry News

Video: Torture-Testing the Aluminum Ford F-150

During a recent “behind the scenes” tour of Ford’s Research and Innovation Center, a small group media representatives was given a look at how the OEM has put the new aluminum-body F-150 through the a number of grueling tests to make sure it deserves the “Ford Tough” label.

Tags: Ford, Ford F-150, Vehicle Testing, EcoBoost, Fuel Economy, Aluminum, Pickup Trucks, 2015-MY

April 10, 2014 - Industry News

2015 Ford Focus Aims for Best Compact Fuel Economy

Photo of 2015 Focus courtesy of Ford.

Ford is hoping to raise the bar in fuel efficiency among non-hybrid compact cars with its updated 2015 Focus by adding a new 1.0L three-cylinder EcoBoost engine.

Tags: Ford Focus, China, Ford Focus Electric, 2015-MY, Compact Cars, Ford, EcoBoost

April 10, 2014 - Industry News

Ford E-Series Extended Beyond 2014

Photo of E-350 cutaway courtesy of Ford.

Ford Motor Co. will continue producing the cutaway and stripped chassis version of its E-Series van, after discontinuing the van and wagon models after the 2014 model year.

Tags: Ford E-Series, Full-Size Vans, Cutaway Vans, Stripped Chassis Vans, Ford, 2014-MY

April 8, 2014 - Industry News

2014 Ford Transit Connect Wagon Earns Highest Overall Safety Rating

2014 Ford Transit Connect Wagon photo courtesy of Ford Motor Co.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has given the vehicle a five-star overall safety score for crashworthiness and crash-prevention features.

Tags: Crash Tests, Ford, 2014-MY, NHTSA, Ford Transit Connect, Passenger Vans, Compact Vans

April 7, 2014 - Industry News

GM, Ford Top Vincentric's Best Fleet Value Awards

Photo of GMC trucks on dealer lot courtesy of GM.

General Motors and Ford Motor Co. provided the most value to light-duty fleet vehicle purchasers, according to Vincentric's Best Fleet Value in America awards for 2014.

Tags: Vincentric, Best Fleet Value, Awards, Ford, General Motors, Toyota, Nissan, 2014-MY

April 7, 2014 - Industry News

Ford’s MyKey Technology Promotes Fleet Safety

Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Co.

When enabled, MyKey encourages front-seat occupants to wear safety belts, limits top vehicle speed, and can route incoming calls directly to the voicemail of paired cell phones.

Tags: Driving Safety, Ford, Ford MyKey

March 28, 2014 - Industry News

Ford F-150 V-6 Sales Exceed V-8 Trucks

Photo of 2015 F-150 courtesy of Ford.

Sales of V-6 engines with Ford's F-150 pickup trucks this year have surpassed V-8 engines at a level not seen since the late 1960s, according to the automaker.

Tags: Ford, Ford F-150, Pickup Trucks, Engines, V-6 Engine, Class 2

March 21, 2014 - Press Release

Ford Brands Electrical Switches As Motorcraft

Ford Motor Co. has begun branding as Motorcraft a trio of electrical switches, including door lock, seat, and window switches. The switches have been manufactured with a high-quality design and strict attention to detail, exceeding typical aftermarket part specifications in both function and ease of installation, according to Ford.

Tags: Aftermarket Parts, Ford, Motorcraft

March 19, 2014 - Industry News

2015 Ford Transit Arrives in June

Photo of high-roof 2015 Transit courtesy of Ford.

Ford Motor Co. will roll out its new full-size 2015 Transit van in at least four phases starting in June with three versions based on the long wheelbase, Ford fleet executives said Wednesday at an advance planning meeting.

Tags: Ford Transit, Full-Size Vans, Order-to-Delivery Times, Ford

March 19, 2014 - Industry News

2015 Ford F-150 Gets LED Headlights

Photo courtesy of Ford.

Ford Motor Co. is upgrading the headlights on its next-gen signature pickup truck by adding LEDs rather than halogen bulbs to the 2015 F-150.

Tags: Ford F-150, 2015-MY, Ford, Headlights, LED

March 10, 2014 - Industry News

Ford Bolsters Virtual Crash Computing Power

Computer simulations precede physical crash tests such as this one. Ford's Dearborn facility has performed more than 20,000 physical crash tests since 1954. Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Co.

The automaker increases its investment in computing power by 50 percent to maximize the number and speed of virtual vehicle crashes. This allows safety engineering and vehicle evaluation teams to generate more data, more quickly.

Tags: Vehicle Safety, Crash Tests, Ford

March 6, 2014 - Industry News

Propane FedEx Vehicles to Serve New York

Photo courtesy of ROUSH CleanTech.

FedEx will deploy its first propane autogas delivery vehicle developed in a partnership with ROUSH CleanTech later this year, the company announced Thursday at the Work Truck Show in Indianapolis.

Tags: ROUSH CleanTech, Ford, Vehicle Modifiers, FedEx, Stripped Chassis Trucks, Work Truck Show

March 6, 2014 - Press Release

Ford Launches Online Parts Giveaway for Fleet Administrators

The Right Right Right sweepstakes is designed to show installers and fleet administrators just how easy it is to do business on FordParts.com.

Tags: Parts, Ford

March 4, 2014 - Industry News

Ford Redesigns F-650, F-750 Trucks for 2016

Photo of 2016 F-650 courtesy of Ford.

Ford introduced redesigned 2016 F-650 and F-750 medium-duty trucks at the Work Truck Show in Indianapolis today that offer improved towing capabilities and a factory gaseous-prep V-10 engine.

Tags: Medium-Duty Trucks, Ford F-Series, Ford, Ford F-650, Ford F-750, Ford F-Series Super Duty, Work Truck Show, 2016-MY, Class 6

March 3, 2014 - Global News

Ford Celebrates Anniversary of F-Series Precursor

Photo courtesy of Ford.

The Ford Motor Co. is celebrating the 80th anniversary of its Ute vehicle, a forerunner of modern pickup trucks such as the F-Series and Ranger that was inspired by an Australian farmer in 1933.

Tags: Australia, Ford, Ford F-Series, Pickup Trucks, Historical Vehicles

February 26, 2014 - Industry News

Ford Dominates New Commercial Vehicle Registrations

Photo of 2011 F-550 Super Duty courtesy of Ford.

Ford retained its dominant market share in new commercial vehicle registrations in all gross vehicle weights in 2013 and Mercedes-Benz saw a sharp uptick in Sprinter van registrations, according to Polk.

Tags: Polk, Commercial Vehicle Registrations, Medium-Duty Trucks, Heavy-Duty Trucks, Ford, Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, Ford F-Series Super Duty, Class 3, Class 5

February 26, 2014 - Industry News

Fleet Buyers to Benefit from Pickup Towing Standard

Photo from General Motors.The 2015-MY Chevrolet Silverado.

A standardized tow specification being adopted by Detroit automakers for 2015 model-year light-duty pickup trucks will improve safety and ease purchasing for fleet buyers, sources told AutomotiveFleet.com.

Tags: Pickup Trucks, Towing, Ford, General Motors, Chrysler

February 24, 2014 - Industry News

Ford Focus 2015 Gets More Fuel Efficient Engine

Photo courtesy of Ford.

Ford Motor Co. will offer a more fuel efficient engine with its Focus compact car as an option for the 2015 model-year, the automaker has announced.

Tags: Ford Focus, Ford, 2015-MY, Compact Cars

February 19, 2014 - Industry News

2015 Ford Expedition Gets V-6 EcoBoost

Photo courtesy of Ford.

The 2015 Ford Expedition large SUV will arrive with a new 3.5L direct-injected twin-turbo V-6 EcoBoost engine, the automaker announced Tuesday.

Tags: Ford, 2015-MY, Ford Expedition, DFW Auto Show, Large SUVs

February 14, 2014 - Industry News

Fleet Safety Video Tip: Checking Headlamp Alignment

Headlamp misalignment is a surprisingly common problem that can compromise a driver's ability to clearly see the road at night. Here's a tip you may want to pass along to your drivers to help them identify the problem when it arises.

Tags: Driver Safety Tips, Driving Safety, Ford, Fleet Safety Tip of the Week

February 5, 2014 - Industry News

ROUSH CleanTech Hires Ford's Chief Engineer

Rob Stevens

ROUSH CleanTech has hired Rob Stevens, Ford's chief engineer, as the vice president of strategy for the propane autogas modification specialist.

Tags: ROUSH CleanTech, Vehicle Modifiers, New Hire, Ford, QVM, Propane Autogas

February 5, 2014 - Industry News

Ford's 2014 Transit Connect Gets 30 MPG Highway

Photo courtesy of Ford.

Ford's 2014 Transit Connect compact van achieved 30 miles per gallon highway in ratings released by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency earlier this week.

Tags: Ford Transit Connect, Compact Vans, Fuel Economy, Ford, 2014-MY

January 29, 2014 - Industry News

In Memoriam: Ford's Ross Roberts

Ross Roberts, a longtime Ford Motor Co. division general manager and strong supporter of fleet sales, died Wednesday at his Bay Harbor, Mich., home. He was 75.

Tags: In Memoriam, Ford, Automotive Executives

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